I saw a program on TV that stated volcanic gas and/or ash is necessary for earth’s healthy atmosphere, and that volcanic

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I saw a program on TV that stated volcanic gas and/or ash is necessary for earth’s healthy atmosphere, and that volcanic

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Question:
I saw a program on TV that stated volcanic gas and/or ash is necessary for earth’s healthy atmosphere, and that volcanic eruptions cause a protective layer between us and the sun. Is this in fact true?

Answer:
Our office deals with the atmospheric transport of volcanic ash, rather than the benefits of it. As one example, please see http://volcanoes.usgs.gov/Hazards/What/ ... osols.html.

Barbara Stunder
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